Collaboration & community Engagement

DL3 Realty invests in commercial projects that improve urban communities. In furtherance of this goal, we work with community development corporations, local non-profit organizations, and governmental entities to bring high-impact retail, institutional, and professional office projects to Chicago’s urban communities.
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Board Participation

DL3 is an active member of Chicago's civic community. The following is a select list of Managing Partner, Leon Walker's past and present civic participation and board membership:

Chicago Loop Alliance

The Alliance helps to explore the Chicago Loop, Chicago's official downtown. To find the best shopping, dining, experiences, and businesses.

Commercial Club of Chicago

The Commercial Club of Chicago is a membership organization of senior leaders in the region. They represent the business, education, cultural, and philanthropic sectors and believe cooperation and open exchange of ideas are fundamental to success.

Economic Club of Chicago

For over 90 years the Economic Club of Chicago has maintained that legacy and today we remain committed to connecting Chicago’s top business and civic leaders to the people and ideas impacting the city, the nation and the world.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Hunger affects communities throughout Chicago and Cook County and we’re working to put an end to it. Get help or take action to support our efforts.

International Council of Shopping Centers Government Relations

ICSC promotes and elevates the marketplaces and spaces where people shop, dine, work, play, and gather as foundational and vital ingredients of communities and economies.

Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University

The Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate was created to support the faculty, students and real estate industry through research, guest lectures, job placement, executive education, fundraising and events.

Realty Club of Chicago

The Realty Club of Chicago is an eclectic group of real estate developers, architects, attorneys, economists, brokers, appraisers, bankers, property owners, and other professionals who serve the real estate industry.

The Civic Federation Board

Civic Federation is an independent, non-partisan government research organization that provides analysis and recommendations on government finance issues for the Chicago region and State of Illinois.

U of Michigan Real Estate Fund Advisory Board

The advisory board ensures the Ross Real Estate Fund operates with the insight, experience, and vision necessary to be a high-value learning experience for students.

Community partners

DL3 Realty's recent community engagement collaboration partners include:

Better Boys Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.

Beverly/ Morgan Park Community Development Corporation

The Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association is dedicated to promoting and supporting commercial districts and local entrepreneurs.

Chicago Community Loan Fund

Chicago Community Loan Fund provides flexible, affordable and responsible financing and technical assistance to low- to moderate-income Chicago neighborhoods.

Chicago Family Health

Since its founding in 1977, Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) has become the primary care medical home for thousands of Chicagoans, including some of the city's most vulnerable populations.

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives

Since 2010, CNI has been facilitating economic development to help generate revitalization efforts in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.

Chicago Public Arts Group

Chicago Public Art Group supports art that enhances public spaces and fosters community participation.

City Colleges of Chicago

DL3 is proud to sponsor the Business Scholars Program, which builds on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative, by exposing scholars to small business owners through hands on experience completing meaningful project-based internships. You can join DL3 in its support of student interns by donating to the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation.

Economic Innovation Group

The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) is a bipartisan public policy organization dedicated to forging a more dynamic and inclusive American economy.

Far South Side Community Development Corporation

Far South CDC is a nonprofit organization that provides residential support, business assistance, equitable development and planning for Chicago's South side.

Gift of Hope

Gift of Hope is a not-for-profit organization providing organ & tissue donation services with donor family services & public education.

International Council of Shopping Centers

ICSC promotes and elevates the marketplaces and spaces where people shop, dine, work, play, and gather as foundational and vital ingredients of communities and economies.

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Metropolitan Planning Council

MPC serves Chicago communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.

National Museum of Gospel Music

The 45,000 square foot museum is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit plans will celebrate the impact of gospel music, the lives and legacies of the musicians who create it and preserve its heritage for the future.

Roseland Community Hospital

The New Roseland Community Hospital is the patient-driven healthcare organization of choice for the households of Greater Roseland and the surrounding communities.

Roseland Community Medical District

This partner sets forth a framework for the planning, design, construction and operation of a mixed-use campus focused on high-quality patient care, outpatient services and related investment.

Teamwork Englewood

Teamwork Englewoods mission is to be a community facilitator, and convening organization that works to catalyze economic development, quality education, and healthy living for the Greater Englewood community.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides housing and utility assistance, addiction treatment, domestic abuse shelter, Christmas gifts and food for families in need, emergency and disaster assistance, programming for kids, and much more.